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Finding Book Reviews  

How to find reviews of novels, nonfiction books, etc.
Last Updated: Jul 9, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts
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Best bets for Reviews of Recently Published Books

  • Quick Search
    To focus on book reviews, use the Limits on the left-hand side of the screen. Choose Subject, then books--reviews.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Use the "search the news" box and type in the author's name and the book title. If searching for a regional author, choose Newspapers in the dropdown box.
  • Literature Resource Center  
    Search for the author or book title, then choose the Reviews & News tab.
  • Book Review Digest Retrospective
    Excerpts of book reviews published between 1908 to 1982.

Other Helpful Resources

Still not finding a review of a specific work?  These gold standards in the Library's Reference section will help:

Book Review Index (1965-present)

To find a review, choose the appropriate part of the set based on the book's publication date, then look under the author's name. 

Book Review Digest

Identifies reviews that appeared in magazines, journals, and newspapers.  Annual volumes list reviews under the author's name.  Each entry includes a summary of the book's contents, excerpts from some reviews and citations for complete reviews. There is a title index in the back of each volume. (NOTE:  Be sure to check the year of publication as well as the next two years for late-appearing reviews.) 

Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Scholarly Journals (1886-1974)
This set lists book reviews that appeared in scholarly journals in the social sciences between 1886 and 1974.  Volumes 1-12 list authors alphabetically, with book titles and review citations following the author's name.  Volumes 13-15 form a title index.

Similar resources:

Combined Retrospective Index to Book Reviews in Humanities Journals (1802-1974)

An Index to Book Reviews in the Humanities (1960-1990)

Nineteenth Century Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature (1890-1899)
Look under the author's name.

Index to Book Reviews in the Humanities (1960-1990)
Look under the author's name.

For book reviews of books (both scholarly and popular) published before 1990

Find reviews of subject-specific books

  • Art Full Text
    Limit “Document Type” to “Book Review.”
    PsycCRITIQUES is a database of full-text book reviews in psychology and related fields.
  • Soc Index
    Useful for sociology, social work, and related fields. Add the phrase “book review” to your keyword search.
  • Science Reference Center
    Search for the title, then limit to Book Reviews.

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